Is Your Morning Routine Ruining Your Day?

September 15, 2016  |  
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Morning sets the tone for your entire day. You know it’s true, because when you’re woken up by that one neighbor who teaches piano lessons at 7 in the morning, you dream about smashing pianos all day. Okay maybe that isn’t your exact scenario, but you get the idea. Mornings fly by, but the few things we do in that 30 to 60 minutes we spend getting ready can really determine the way the rest of the day will go. You probably rush through it, and are half asleep when you’re preparing for the day, so you don’t notice the things you do. But if you make a few changes, you can make your morning routine work in your favor. Which would be a good thing, because your coworkers are tired of hearing you complain about the piano teacher neighbor. They’ve got their own problems. So here is how your morning routine could be ruining your day, and what to do about it.

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Ignoring your dreams

If you have a bad dream, you probably just want to forget about it. You probably put on the radio or a TV show instantly, to put it out of your head. But dreams can cause real emotions, too, and you know it’s bad to suppress those.
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Talk about your dreams

Don’t feel silly about talking to your partner or roommate about the bad dream you had. Talking it out, as if it’s a real experience, can help you expel the weird emotions that came with the dream.
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Eating something you feel bad about

You’re not the greatest decision-maker first thing in the morning; your willpower is weak, and you want instant energy. So, you reach for a donut. But that momentary lapse of judgment follows you around all day.
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Eat a healthy breakfast

Do some breakfast prep at night so it’s easier to make healthy decisions in the morning. Keep a few hard boiled eggs and pre-chopped fruit on hand at all times.
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Putting off your workout

First thing in the morning, you probably do not feel prepared to pump iron. And, you usually wake up thinking of a million other things you need to do, so you put off your workout. But you probably have that workout hanging over your head the rest of the day until you get to it, leaving you feeling guilty.
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Just get it out of the way

If you workout first thing in the morning, then you can forget about it and be more focused on your tasks.
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Hitting snooze

You hit snooze because you believe that that extra 15 minutes of sleep will help you feel rested throughout the day. In reality, you just force yourself to go through the horrible experience of being ripped from a deep sleep…twice.
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Just set the right alarm

Ditch the idea of waking up gradually, to several alarms, and instead just set one alarm, for the time you actually get up. Nobody should have to wake up three times every morning…for some people, that’s their personal hell.

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You have the wrong alarm

You set a loud, blaring and abrasive alarm because, hey, it gets the job done. But if your alarm is too abrasive, it can cause your heart to race and your blood pressure to shoot up. Those are not good things to wake up to.
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Try this, instead

Certain alarms and smartphone apps let you program your alarm to play music–try classical–gradually, starting quietly and slowly getting louder. This way, your body can acclimate to the idea of waking up at a healthier pace.
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Setting automatic lights

It’s hard to sleep through bright lights that come on at 7 in the morning, in the otherwise dark den you’ve created for yourself. But these, too, can cause a spike in heart rate and blood pressure, which makes for an unpleasant wake-up.
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Try this, instead

Have you heard of dawn simulators? They do exactly what the name says they do; they slowly light up your room, like the rising sun does. This way, your eyes can gradually adjust to more light.
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Checking your email too soon

You grab your phone the second you wake up and start going through your emails, social media, text messages and the like. You think you’re getting a head start on the day. But actually, you’re taking in some information you’re not ready for.
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Wait until you’re dressed

When you’re just waking up, every part of your brain is also still waking up. You’re not yet mentally equipped to handle the stress of life and work, so the tiniest email can bring on much more panic than it would once you were dressed, had had breakfast and were ready for the day.
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Watching the wrong show

The morning probably isn’t the best time to watch “NCIS,”  “Criminal Minds” or “Dateline”–these shows rarely have perky storylines. Whether you realize it or not, the bleak experiences of the show’s characters can follow you around.
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Wath a comedy

You should laugh first thing in the morning! Laughter feels incredible, and it reminds you of just one of the wonderful reasons it’s good to be awake